Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Nina: HOLD STILL book trailer

In celebration of today--which is the launch day of my first novel, HOLD STILL--I'd love to share my book trailer with you.

I have to admit that I kind of live in fear of marketing tasks. I'm terrible at writing little blurbs about my book. I can't even describe what it's about very well. I have a former student who read an ARC and said, when she was finished, "I had no idea that your book was going to be like this!" When I asked her what she thought it was going to be like, she told me that all she had to base her expectations on was the answer I gave her a couple years ago when she asked me what it was about. Not surprisingly, all I had told her was, "It's about a girl in high school." Now, as she was telling me what she thought of it, she said, "I had no idea that anything was actually going to happen."

So, yes. I am not so good at this kind of thing.

But making a trailer was exciting. It was not a task, it was a project. I really, really like projects.

I especially like projects when they involve people I love. A lot of people who I love were involved in the making of this: The girls in the trailer are my mother's photography students (which is perfect for the book); the footage was shot on a Super 8 camera by my very talented wife, Kristyn Stroble; my best friend, Amanda Krampf, directed and edited; Mia Nolting (who illustrated HOLD STILL) provided the illustrations and hand lettering; and Emma Galvin (who is the reader on the audio version) is narrating. I stood off to the side and let it all happen.

Here it is. I hope you enjoy it.

13 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Nina! I can't wait to read your book.

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  2. Nina -- my copy of your book is due from Amazon any minute, and after seeing the trailer, I'm even more anxious for it to arrive! Many congratulations!
    -- Marianna

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  3. Congratulations, Nina! Love the book trailer, I am interested in checking it out. Good luck!

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  4. that sounds good. i'll have to check that out!

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  5. Congratulations on your launch, Nina!!

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  6. Thank you all so much! I had a great launch day today. It's still an amazing concept to me that people I haven't met are now reading something I wrote. Thanks again!

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  7. Nina, congrats on your launch day. I've heard GREAT things about your book and I can't wait to read it. The excerpt I read from it was so sincere and powerful. Really honest and challenging stuff.

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  8. The trailer is absoultely gorgeous.

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  9. This is the most beautiful book trailer I have ever seen. I can't wait to read the book!

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  10. What a fabulous trailer!! Can't wait to read your book, Nina!

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  11. Beautiful trailer and congratulations on your debut novel!

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  12. Wow, that's a beautiful book trailer!! Congrats on the debut novel.

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  13. Nina,

    I've read your book. It is in all ways beautiful. One thing I particularly loved was the way you exposed the hard work that is grief--and the ways that hard work (both physical and creative) can heal. I know your book is going to be loved and important to many readers.

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